Caroline comes to Nguyen & Chen after nearly 2 decades honing her skills as a professional editor and writer. After spending her formative years in dusty West Texas, Caroline escaped to greener pastures as one of 65 students chosen nationwide for early matriculation to the University of Southern California in its Resident Honors Program. There Caroline studied Political Science and English and later gained admittance into the top-ranked film school in the nation. On the basis of her exemplary scholarship, leadership, and community service, Caroline was selected as 1 of 10 members of the Order of the Torch, the highest honor the University bestows on its graduating seniors. Upon graduating magna cum laude, Caroline joined Los Angeles’ Public Counsel Law Center, the world’s largest pro bono public-interest law firm, dedicated to serving indigent and disadvantaged communities. Caroline staffed legal clinics for homeless youth, analyzed immigration cases for relief eligibility, and conducted client intakes to screen for prospective adoptive parents. Moreover, Caroline was closely involved with Grants Management, drafting and editing million-dollar grant proposals to foundations, as well as researching and advising on prospective funding sources. As a key member of the Development team, Caroline also helped to coordinate Public Counsel’s primary fundraising event, the William O. Douglas Dinner, which raised an unprecedented $1.75 million in 1999. Caroline later studied law at Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley. Caroline was awarded the distinguished Thelen, Reid & Priest Fellowship for exemplary commitment to serving disadvantaged communities. She was also admitted to the nationally renowned California Law Review in 2001, gaining intensive legal writing, research and editing experience.
As Nguyen & Chen’s Director of Legal Writing and Communications, Caroline understands that the lifeblood of the law is none other than communication, which fosters relationships, builds insight and commands influence. In this capacity, Caroline plays a central advocacy role, training and consulting on legal writing and research in the Firm’s many practice areas. As a first-generation American, Caroline is especially passionate about her work in Immigration Law and is grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with leading scientists, engineers, artists, designers and businesspeople to help clinch their American Dream.
Supplementing her daytime vocation, Caroline delves into wider issues of socio-economic renewal and is active in the greater community, particularly on issues of housing justice and sustainable development. She is particularly interested in entrepreneurial innovation and researching how, in today’s globalized economy, the business and cultural realms can collaborate to generate new wealth and abundance.